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Xbox 360 File System Support: NTFS or FAT32?

NTFS or FAT32 - a strange choice for Xbox 360

NTFS and FAT32 as two kinds of file system which plays important role in there own field. Although NTFS as the latest file system is better than FAT32 on storing data, and be set as the default file system in Windows 2000 later versions, most of the hard drive is formatted as NTFS file system. However, most of the game controller (such as Xbox 360) machine manufacturers are chose the FAT32 file system not the NTFS. Why? Xbox 360 as the trump card of Microsoft in TV GAME filed. This choice has against with the Windows OS, and it seems like a joke on both Xbox 360 fans and Windows OS users. Through search most Xbox 360 forums, you could find thousands of complaints to this strange choice, however, these complaints can't change anything, maybe it will be heard by Microsoft in future, not now. There, we have only one method to solve this, change NTFS to FAT32.

Two ways to change NTFS to FAT32 for Xbox 360

We need not to guess the next version of Xbox 360 will support NTFS or FAT32, but if we could find the way to achieve the conversion between NTFS and FAT32 at liberty, that's much better. Convert NTFS to FAT32 is not as easy as from FAT32 to NTFS without data loss. There are two ways could help us change the file system from NTFS to FAT32, in order to help our Xbox 360 support the HDD.

  • Format NTFS to FAT32
  • Convert NTFS to FAT32

As we know, the built-in Disk Management could help us format/reformat our partition, through this way; we could change our file system from NTFS back to FAT32. Before this operation, you need to backup all your data on the partition you want to format, because through this way your partition will become a fresh drive with no data. And you should also notice that, the built-in Disk Management could only support formatting partition from NTFS to FAT32 which is smaller than 32 GB. If the partition is larger than 32 GB you could only use other partition software. If you don't want to loss your data, or if you think the method one is too trouble, here I recommend method two which you just need a few button click and then you will find the file system has been converted from NTFS to FAT32 without any data loss.

Convert NTFS to FAT32 for Xbox 360 without data loss

Through search most tech forums, you could find powerful software, named FREEWARE AOMEI NTFS to FAT32 Converter, which is special designed for converting the file system from NTFS to FAT32. Only a few steps you could convert NTFS to FAT32 without data loss. Let's see an example.

In this example we have an external hard drive which is 512GB with one NTFS partition (drive F :). Our aim is to convert it to FAT32.

Step1. Step1. Launch FREEWARE AOMEI NTFS to FAT32 Converter, in the pop-up window select "NTFS to FAT32" then click "Next"

Step2. In next window, select the target partition (here is the drive F) then click "Next"

Step3. In this window, click "process" then the program will begin the conversion.

After a few minutes, you will find the conversion complete, and the file system has been changed from NTFS to FAT32 without any data loss.

As you see, this operation is as easy as your expect, now you would never worry about the Xbox 360 support NTFS or FAT32, no matter what it support you could also make it working for you. You could free download this nice NTFS to FAT32 Converter.

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